Javier Garat is the secretary general of the Spanish Fishing Confederation, Cepesca, and currently serves as chairman of both the Association of National Organisations of Fishery Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche) and the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA).
Garat has been the fishery advisor of the International Sustainability Unit´s Marine Programme of HRH the Prince of Wales. He is member of the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Union and member of the Spanish Royal Academy of the Sea. He has also participated as a lecturer in several public hearings of the Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament, in conferences organized by the European Commission, by the Nordic Council of Ministers, and in numerous international and national fisheries forums, including FAO Fisheries Committee, the OCDE, ILO, IUCN, EFARO, and others, and as adviser member of the Spanish Delegation in UN Meetings. In the private sector, Garat is a shareholder of Albacora Group and member of the advisory board of SATLINK.
Garat received a degree in law and a graduate degree in EU law by the Complutense University of Madrid (CEU San Pablo) and master’s degree in international and European law by the Catholic University of Lovaina (U.C.L. Belgium). He has lectured postgraduate-level courses at the IE University, the Spanish Maritime Institute, the University of Vigo, the University of Santiago de Compostela, and Barcelona University.